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Pope cites plight of migrants, children on Good Friday

Apr. 19, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used a Good Friday ceremony to decry "all the crosses" of suffering in the world, including those borne by migrants who find doors closed due to "political calculations" and children who are harmed in their "innocence and purity," in a reference to pedophile clergy. From a...

Devotees nailed to crosses on Good Friday in Philippines

Apr. 19, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — Several Roman Catholic devotees were nailed to wooden crosses in a gory Good Friday ritual in the Philippines, and others flogged themselves or took part in religious plays to reenact Jesus Christ's suffering. Four men and a woman, some wearing crowns of twigs, were...

The Latest: Police eye electrical short in Notre Dame probe

Apr. 18, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and its aftermath (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A French judicial police official said investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused Notre Dame Cathedral fire. The official, who spoke anonymously about the ongoing...

Police official: Short-circuit likely caused Notre Dame fire

Apr. 18, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris police investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a police official said Thursday, as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters who saved the world-renowned landmark. A judicial police official told The Associated Press...

Pope washes inmates' feet, says bishops must be servants

Apr. 18, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners Thursday and urged them to serve one another as brothers, as he ushered in the solemn pre-Easter rituals made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. Francis travelled to a prison in Velletri, outside...

The Latest: Fire chaplain hailed as hero in Notre Dame blaze

Apr. 17, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 11:50 p.m. For the chaplain of the Paris fire brigade, the hardest thing about the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral was cracking the security codes to rescue its most precious relic. Fire chaplain...

Pope encourages Swedish campaigner Greta on environment

Apr. 17, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis encouraged Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday to continue her campaign to fight climate change, during a brief meeting at the end of his weekly general audience. Thunberg arrived late and took her seat in the VIP section in St. Peter's...

Tourist mecca Notre Dame also revered as place of worship

Apr. 17, 2019 2:32 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The soaring beauty of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral as it echoed with Gregorian chants so moved French poet Paul Claudel on Christmas Day 1886 that the avowed atheist converted to Catholicism on the spot. "In an instant, my heart was touched and I believed," Claudel, who remained a...

LA Archdiocese agrees to $8M payment in sex abuse case

Apr. 16, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $8 million to a teenager who was sexually abused by the athletic director at her Catholic high school who had continued to work despite prior allegations of misconduct, it was announced Tuesday. A court finalized the settlement last week...

Macron: France to rebuild Notre Dame 'even more beautifully'

Apr. 16, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Tuesday to rebuild Paris' beloved Notre Dame Cathedral "even more beautifully" after a raging fire destroyed its spire and its roof but spared most of the structure, including the church's twin medieval bell towers. Macron said he wanted to see the...